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Meringues Will Be Here Very Shortly!

Stay tuned, our dear chums!  The meringue mushrooms are waiting to be published.  They should be up very shortly!

Buche Noel – Christmas Yule Log

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The French call this classic dessert Buche Noel.  The English call it a Yule Log.  We just call it DELICIOUS! Read more

Take A Moment

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          Clouds reflecting in Loch Alsh, seen from Eilean Donan castle, in the Scottish Highlands

With just over a week until Christmas day, we feel impelled to remind you to take a moment to …. Read more

Creative Ways to Give Money

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Want to give someone you love money or a gift card for Christmas but want a creative way to give it?  We found some really fun ideas! Read more

Napkin “Trees”

FR9G9S2I3THE9GP.MEDIUMHere is a really fun way to take an ordinary napkin and fold it into a “tree” for your Christmas table. Read more

Little Acorns

1 (5)You may need a fun and easy little bite of something sweet to make this holiday season. We’ve got just the thing for you…some little acorns 🙂 Read more

Well Done Chuck Williams!

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things!

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As you no doubt know, your Two Chums love the website History.com and found some fun information there today. Read more

Kindling The Lights

1 (2)Last night was the second night of the 8 day celebration of Hanukkah.  I feel very fortunate and blessed to be able to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas with my family.   Read more

Picking The Perfect Tree

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If you have not yet got your Christmas tree, here are some really useful points to consider.  They are in an article by Lizbeth Scordo of Yahoo Parenting and we felt sure you would appreciate it. Read more

Favorite Things – Provocalips

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Favorite Things – Provocalips

hwthumb.aspWe rarely endorse a product, but we when we find a really great one, we just have to share it with our chums! Read more

Well Done!

This undated photograph released by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial shows World War II, United States Army Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds. Edmonds is being posthumously recognized with "Righteous Among the Nations" Israel's highest honor for non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during World War II. He's the first American serviceman to earn the honor. (Courtesy of Yad Vashem via AP)

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Seventy years ago, during World War II, Sgt. Roddie Edmonds saved the lives of many Jewish people. Read more

Savvy Secrets – Holiday Decorating

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Oh my gosh – we found these wonderful, what we call, “Savvy Secrets” from Jenny Chang on Buzz Feed and just HAD to share them with you. Read more

Teach Your Children Well -Part 4

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In the midst of some of the busy-ness and craziness of the holiday season, with so much to do, take a minute to remember your most important job is how you interact with the young ones in your life. Read more

Happy Birthday, Sir Winston!

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Our gratitude continues into this week (and forever, for that matter) and, today being the day that Sir Winston Churchill was born, 141 years ago, we are celebrating his life and feeling immensely grateful for all that he did for the world. Read more

A Twist On Leftovers

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Giving Thanks!

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We set aside this day to remember all our blessings…. Read more

Thanksgiving’s Favorite Guest- Pies!

img_9312We thought just in case you were still trying to decide what to make for dessert tomorrow we would give you our favorite choices for pies! Read more

Guest Check List

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The Holidays often bring house guests and wonderful “together times”.  But…. Read more

Centerpiece “How-To’s”

 

1 (2)Flowers aren’t the only option for your Thanksgiving table centerpiece. Read more

A Culmination of Gratitude

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“Thank you” in sign language

For those of you who have been following us for a long time, you know how very important we feel gratitude is …. and… Read more

Pumpkin “Starter”

1 (2)Thanksgiving…..It is one week away! Read more

Life Lessons

lifelessonsThey come from all different places don’t they?  They come in relationships, as experiences, sometimes as a word from a friend, or reading something that strikes us from someone we may never meet. Our chum Wendy, shared this list of anecdotes about some of life’s most valuable lessons and we wanted to share them with you:

1. Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”

 2.Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70s- what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”

 3.Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug.   When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”

 4.Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying.  And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

5. Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work.   At 3PM I got laid off.  On my drive home I got a flat tire.  When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.   A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job.  I start tomorrow.

 6.Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”

 7. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed.   About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.

8. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling.  I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.”   I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?”  Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.

 9. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics,  I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.

10.Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the  way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.”

 11. Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant.  When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, “Thinking of you today.  If you need me, I’m a phone call away.”  It was from a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years.

12. Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.  Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.

Whether it is understanding what real success is, or experiencing the love of a true friend, or appreciating the family God gave us, or being willing to share whatever it is we have, or recognizing God’s provision for us, we all need to be taught these life lessons, sometimes again and again.   Each person in them learned something different but really they can all be summed up in what the Bible calls the two most important lessons or commandments:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.  And love your neighbor as yourself.”

Your chums are grateful to be learning right along with you.  What we want most of all, for each of you and ourselves, are lives very abundant with love and joy!

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Last Minute Appetizer

1 (3)The holidays are upon us and one of the fun aspects is the company we have.  Maybe more than any other time of the year we have friends or family in our homes.  Sometimes we are expecting them and sometimes they just drop in 🙂   Read more

“Look For The Helpers”

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In light of the happenings in Paris on Friday night, we turn to a quote from Mr. Rogers… Read more

Thank You For Serving

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Jeremy And The S’Mores Cake

1 (10)This is a tale (albeit a short but sweet one) of how my clever grandson, Jeremy, who it just so happens came to make a cake that tastes like s’mores.   Read more

The 11th Day of November

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Today at exactly 11:11 a.m. and every Veteran’s Day every year at 11:11 a.m……. Read more

Remembering

 

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Mmm Mmmm – French Onion Soup!

1 (2)Now that the evenings are beginning to have a bit of a chill, what better to serve your family than a hot bowl of home made French onion soup?  This recipe is sooo easy and quite delicious.

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Beautiful, Wavy Butter!

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With this very special Holiday Season coming up, we felt you would all have the need for one of these! Read more

What Joy!

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We absolutely LOVE sharing stories of joy and this is one that is full to the brim with JOY! Read more

Through The Years

We thought it would be fun to share with you some photographs of the Royal Family through the years.   Read more

A Pumpkin Message Of Thanks

pumpkinsHalloween is over and Thanksgiving is coming quickly. But before you throw out those pumpkins you used for decorating we have an idea for you. Read more

Teach Your Children Well – Part 3

1Our greatest job is loving and nurturing the little people God has entrusted to us. Nothing is more important or has more significance than the mark we leave on another human being. Read more

Halloween Treats and Pumpkin Tricks

leader photoThe spookiest day of the year is tomorrow.  Are you ready? Read more

Need Halloween Games? We’ve Got Those!

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Having a party and need some game ideas?  You have come to the right place!

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Not Bought Your Halloween Candy Yet?

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Yahoo conducted a survey as to what types of candy people most enjoy at Halloween and here’s what they found:

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Look Who!

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Need a fun and easy dessert for your Halloween get together?  We can help with that!

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Who WAS Queen Victoria?

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With all this talk about Queen Elizabeth II now being the longest reigning monarch in the United Kingdom, having just surpassed the length of Queen Victoria’s reign, we thought it might be fun to look at some facts about Queen Victoria.  Besides the fact that hers was a love affair with her husband, Albert, which is what we often hear of this Queen, she accomplished a great deal in her lengthy reign. Read more

Encore – When Is Halloween?

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Halloween is just a week away.  My granddaughter Sadie loves to write.  Though she is almost 10 years old now, she was only 7 years old when she wrote her Halloween poe.   We think it’s a special one and bears repeating 🙂 Read more

The Cookie – A Template For Tastiness

1 (7)What day couldn’t be made a little sweeter with a warm delicious cookie? Read more

Going As A Group?

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All Eyes On Catherine

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There are few people who do “pomp” better than the British and this was proved, yet again, yesterday when the Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in London.  He and his wife were met by the Queen and apparently taken to their suite at the Palace by Queen Elizabeth herself. Read more

Halloween Party Planning

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Are you having a Halloween party and need some extra fun things to do? Read more

We Are Back To The Future

51ZHI6dGLCLIn 1989, in the hit film “Back To The Future II”, you may remember that Doc Brown and Marty McFly visited the future in October 21, 2015.  Most of us remember this iconic movie series.  We cheered for Marty and Doc and enjoyed the “crazy” gizmos they used and found in the future.  In two days it will be October 21, 2015 and we will all be “Back To The Future”.    Read more

Inspirational Friday

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The lightbulb went on and lit up the whole room! Read more

Easy Cheesy – Grits Souffle

IMG_8040It’s easy….it’s cheesy…..and it is soooo good!  It’s Cheesy Grits Souffle 🙂 Read more

Cutting The Cake Gets Better!

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Certainly, the traditional way to cut a round cake is to vaguely find the center and cut triangles from that point.   Read more

The Common Made Uncommon – The Dishtowel

1 What could be more of a common household item than say…the dish towel?  But we have some ideas to use those common towels in new ways! Read more

Olive Oil

olives-and-olive-oilOften the simplest and purest products are the best.  Olive oil, it turns out, is evidence to that rule. Read more

The Countdown Begins!

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These seven girls have gone through a grueling exercise over the past few months and have ended up being the pick of the crop! Read more

Sprucing Up For The Holidays!

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On seeing this DIY post from Tess Panser and Yahoo, your Two Chums were reminded of a time when one of our daughters was getting married and we could not find the right colored shoes to match the bridesmaids outfits. Read more

The Goblins Are Coming!

1264238_430217010428143_525279733_oHalloween is just around the corner.  We’ve found some fun ideas, both for decorating and for food at your Halloween celebration 🙂 Read more

Did You Know These Things About James Dean?

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Just over 60 years ago, on September 30, 1955, budding movie star James Dean died at age 24 when his sports car slammed into a Ford sedan near Bakersfield, California—just prior to the release of his signature film, “Rebel Without a Cause.” Six decades later, we explore some surprising facts about the persistent cultural icon, who’s sometimes referred to as “the first American teenager.”

Teach Your Children Well -Part 2

6a00d834515c5469e201bb0794bdfc970dThis is our next installment in some reminders about raising great kiddos 🙂  Read more

Apple Roses

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Time Zones

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We take all of the different time zones for granted but what did the world do before there were “official” time zones? Read more

A New Piece of Jewelry?

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We have heard, through the grapevine, that the Queen has given Catherine a very special piece of jewelry! Read more

Well Done See See

_82945589_e8a2a771-cc7c-4d5c-b1e4-1b80d2aff367With the recent controversy that has been brought up regarding respect and honor being given to nurses, we thought it was a really good time to honor this one.  She is the oldest nurse still working in the United States. Read more

Fun For The LIttles

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We saw this on Facebook and just had to share it with you. Read more

What’s For Dinner? – Woodchuck Sandwich

1 (5)If you Google “Woodchuck Sandwich” and look at images, you will see a plethora of photos that look nothing alike.  It would almost seem that any sandwich could have the label Woodchuck. Read more

Halloween – Who Am I?

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Salad Days – Asian Ramen Slaw

1Though we are now officially in to Fall, we are having an Indian Summer, at least here in Southern California, where your Two Chums call home.  So it is still a great time for a great salad.  Actually we think any time is “salad weather”:-) Read more

Well Done!

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Martin Passeri, a champion surfer in Argentina and beyond, has a huge heart!   To him, we say, “Well done” Read more

…and Her Name Was Mrs. See!

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There are more than a few people in California, and also other parts of the US, who would agree with us that there is no candy like See’s Candies! Read more

Encore – Butterscotch Pudding

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5 Minute Ice Cream Cake

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Teach Your Children Well

iStock_kidsreading000005123866Large11The young ones are all back in school now whether public, private or homeschool.  So many lessons they will learn. Read more

Well Done – Everyone Who Cheered

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We ended last week with one of our Well Done posts.  We like the idea of enjoying another one this week.  As our chum Todd, who shared this with us says, if you can watch this and not cry (happy tears) you are stronger than we are.  Read more

The Chicken Or The Egg?

Which comes first, success or happiness? Read more

Happy New Year -Shana Tovah

Shofar-ShortToday marks the beginning of the High Holy Days in the Jewish calendar…it is Rosh Hashanah…the New Year…The Feast of Trumpets

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Well Done – Never Say Can’t

***EXCLUSIVE***VIDEO AVAILABLE*** LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Jen Bricker at her gymnastics gym on September 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jen Brickerís childhood dreams came true when she discovered her idol was in fact her long-lost sister. Jen, 27, was adopted at birth after being born with no legs due to a genetic birth defect. Despite her disability, growing up Jen was drawn to gymnastics and idolised American Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu. And after competing in - and winning - gymnastic competitions at State level, Jen learned a shocking secret - that Dominique was actually her biological sister. PHOTOGRAPH BY Ruaridh Connellan / Barcroft USA UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com

It is easy to remember what happened on this day 14 years ago and feel sadness or anger or fear.  All those emotions can paralyze us.  Our memories of the past, and what we see daily on the news, can make us think that things are bad enough in the world that maybe we won’t ever achieve our dreams … that we can’t overcome those difficult circumstances in life over which we seem to have no control.  So we thought it was important on this day to bring a story of triumph and hope, and a story that has a twist  that will again remind us that there is a bigger story, a bigger plan going on that we are all a part of.  Though it has no direct correlation to the 911 tragedy, it has everything to do with triumph, everything to do with outlook, everything to do with hope and always having a “never say can’t” attitude.  So in that sense it has EVERYTHING to do with this day. Read more

The Cupcake Cake

1 (2)What a clever way to have your cake and cupcakes too! Read more

The Longest Reigning Monarch

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Today is the day! Read more

Savvy Secrets

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A special Savvy Secret EVERYONE can use!
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No More White?

white-after-labor-dayIt’s Labor Day and traditionally that means it is time to put away your “whites”.   Read more

Hot Dog Labor Day Is Coming!

20140508-292402-hot-dog-variationsA few years ago we did a post on varieties of hog dogs and how they are served regionally.  It turned out to be one of the most popular and viewed posts we have ever done!  Apparently you all love hot dogs as much as we do 🙂  So today we have some more hot dog ideas for you just in time for your Labor Day celebrations. Read more

Is Graciousness Out Of Style?

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We say, “Absolutely not!” Read more

Cake Donut Cake

1 (4)Sound confusing?  What isn’t confusing is how much you will enjoy this yummy treat! Read more

Savvy Secrets – Aluminum Foil

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Silver paper is a “must have” in your home….look at all the ways, besides the usual ones, in which you can use it!

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How Do You Respond?

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Are you most like carrots, eggs, or coffee beans?  We saw this on Upmoments last week and just had to share it. Read more

Mud Pie

11 - 1Last week we gave you a simple and delicious recipe for coffee ice cream.  With the end of summer quickly approaching we wanted to give you another delicious way to enjoy that yummy coffee ice cream.  One that even those who don’t particularly like coffee find really delicious!   Read more

Loving Quilts

IMG_1430If you’ve ever owned a handmade quilt you will understand firsthand the nurture and comfort it can bring. Regardless what color or pattern it is, if someone you love took the time to make something to keep you warm, it becomes much more than just a “blanket” to you.   Read more

Savvy Secrets

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We found these wonderful Secrets on Facebook and wanted to make sure that you all saw them as well! Read more

Goodnight Moon

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There is hardly a person, especially amongst us moms, who has not heard of the book, “Goodnight Moon”.   Read more

Calendar Girls

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Our chum Sandy, shared a quote from the film Calendar Girls that we just had to share with all of you.  When you read it you will know why. Read more

Vanilla – 1-2-3

11 - 1That is how simple this ice cream is to make…as the song goes “as easy as 1-2-3”!   Read more

Need Cooling Down?

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There is a reason the Hawaiians choose to wear muumuus!   Read more

Coffee Anyone?

Coffee Ice CreamIt isn’t just good hot or iced.  It is perfectly delicious frozen too.  And this method is so simple you’ll be enjoying it any time you want!  They say that coffee is addictive.  This form of coffee certainly is. Once you’ve had this coffee ice cream you’ll be hooked! Read more

What’s In Your Freezer?

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A Sincere Thanks To ‘The Father Of Cool’

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What did those wonderful people do one hundred years ago on hot, muggy, summer days such as we have been having lately?   Read more

A Simple Danish Pastry

1 - 1Maybe your weekend needs something special.  If so, we have just the thing for you.  And it is easier than you might think!  I have always assumed that good Danish pastry would involve a yeast dough filled with butter and that it took hours to make.  Not this version.  This is simple and quite delicious….good to the very last crumb 🙂

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Simple Danish Pastry

This pastry is made in two stages and then baked to golden brown perfection!

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First layer:
1 cup pf flour
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
2 tablespoons water

Cut butter into the flour using a pastry blender.  Mix in water and combine being careful not to over mix.  You just want to moisten the flour until it mostly holds together.  Form it into a ball.  Use you finger tips to pat the dough into a circle.

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Second layer:
1/2  cup of butter (1 stick)
1 cup of water
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs

This layer of pastry is also known by it’s French name – pate choux.  It is basically the same recipe used to make the pastry for eclairs.

Bring butter, water, and sugar to a boil in  a saucepan.  Remove from heat and add in almond extract.  Stir in flour and salt stirring quickly so that the flour doesn’t clump up.  Mix well.  Add in the eggs one at a time being sure to beat the mixture really hard after each egg is added, until it is completely smooth.  Spread this over the top of the first layer and use a spoon to make indentations or put the dough in a piping bag and pipe it out making “rings” to hold the pastry cream filling.

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Pastry cream filling:
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons  flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Stir milk and flour together well, and cook in a saucepan until thickened and bubbly. Reduce the heat and cook for 2 more minutes.  Remove from the heat and cool without stirring.  Cover the top of this mixture with plastic wrap so it doesn’t form a film or “skin” while cooling.  Set aside. While this mixture is cooling, beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla and almond extracts until light and fluffy.  Slowly mix in half of the cooled mixture beating on very low speed, then beat in the second half of it until very smooth. Spoon the pastry cream into the circles or indentations in the second layer of pastry.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with glaze and top with slivered almonds. Cut into wedges and serve 🙂

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1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons warm milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix well until smooth.   Drizzle over warm pastry.

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Enjoy!  It is good to the last crumb 🙂

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Serves 8 generously

A Challenge – Make Someone Smile

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Brownie Brittle

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Have you tried it? If you haven’t, you certainly need to.  Yum!!!!   Read more

The Start of A Sweet Tradition

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In 1994, Mississippi couple Sherry and Craig Blackledge, adoptive parents to a little boy, adopted an 18-month-old girl named Brooke. It was then that Sherry decided to write a simple but sweet letter she would give to Brooke, on her wedding day. Now, more than 20 years later, right before Brooke walked down the aisle to marry boyfriend Tyler Zugg, she finally read the letter.

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All About Love

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We are always talking about loving and loving more…..  Read more

A Pie For All Seasons – Chocolate Cream Pie

11 - 1 (1)Some pies are associated with a particular season or holiday.  People just naturally think of pumpkin pie in the Fall or around the holidays for example.  And fresh fruit pies seem to be naturally associated with summer.  But chocolate cream pie? …. it’s just plain delicious any time of year 🙂   Read more

Purple …….. Royal? Why?

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We ran across this on History.com and found it rather interesting….. Read more

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